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“T here seemed to be a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones . The effort to restrain it wearied me, I could not bear it .” Jeremiah 20:9 An Unexpected Call In September, 2018, I received a bemusing phone call from Anthony Gordon, the director of Catholic schools in a rural Australian Diocese. He asked me whether I would consider applying for the position of Diocesan Director of Religious Education and Mission. At the time, I was working in my “dream job” as a professor of religious education at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney, Australia... Read more
Continuing from the previous issue, Dr. Farey reflects on the Directory’s practical implications. It is an unswerving Catholic conviction that “The Christian community is the origin , locus and goal of catechesis” (DC 133, my emphasis). This phrasing is taken directly from the catechetical directory of 1997 (GDC 254). Other Christians would not claim this so explicitly. They are more likely to say that Christ is the origin, Scripture the locus (the fundamental place for learning and receiving the Word of God for one’s life), and heaven is the goal. The reason the Catholic Church holds this conviction is, in... Read more
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In its “practical directions” for reading the Catechism the authors have placed a brief instruction: This catechism is conceived as an organic presentation of the Catholic faith in its entirety. It should be seen therefore as a unified whole. Numerous cross-references in the margin of the text (numbers found at the end of a sentence referring to other paragraphs that deal with the same theme), as well as the analytical index at the end of the volume, allow the reader to view each theme in its relationship with the entirety of the faith. [1] What is the meaning of such... Read more
Once on a hot summer day in France, I hiked a winding path with some companions all the way to the very source of a small stream. Having grown hot and tired from our hike, our local guides instructed us to rest a few moments and refresh ourselves at the spring. I hesitated as I watched the others drink confidently, even eagerly. The closest I had ever come to drinking untreated water was in sipping from the garden hose! Their beckoning won me over, however, and I joined them. We drank the cold flowing water made all the more delicious... Read more
Important Announcement Regarding the Future of Today’s Catholic Teacher Magazine Dear Today’s Catholic Teacher Reader, We are proud of the significant contribution Today’s Catholic Teacher has made to Catholic education since its founding 50 years ago, growing to become one of the leading resources for teachers in the United States. We hope that as a magazine exclusively published for Catholic school teachers and administrators, it has contributed to help you succeed in the classroom. Despite the fact that Today’s Catholic Teacher has always been supported by a loyal and engaged readership, it has faced many of the same challenges that... Read more
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This article explores chapters 10-11 of the Directory for Catechesis. Catechesis at the Service of the Inculturation of the Faith At the press conference to present the new Directory for Catechesis (2020), Archbishop Rino Fisichella, presid ent of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, stated, “The need for a new directory was born of the process of incultur ation which characterizes catechesis in a particular way and which, especially today, demands a special focus.” [1] The preface sets forth the reasons f or producing a third catechetical directory for the universal Church at this particular time,... Read more